After nearly two years in the works the Student Government Association (SGA) initiated the first series of events in the E-Ranks initiative Saturday at the Eastern and Beaumont basketball game.

Chief of Staff Alex Carson said the turnout was successful.

“Over 200 students swiped in,” said Carson. “We feel that the students that came out were really excited about the initiative.”

Madelyn Street, SGA president, said they expect the initiative to gain steam as more students gain awareness of the benefits and prizes it offers.

At half-time during the Beaumont game students that swiped had an opportunity to win prizes including gift cards to Buffalo Wild Wings and Galaxy Bowling passes. E-Ranks T-shirts were also thrown out to the crowd.

Street said the initiative was modeled after a similar successful program at University of Kentucky.

Carson said after two years he was glad to see it come to fruition and expects it to gain in success as more students become aware of the initiative.

“It gave us an opportunity to promote it and tell students what it’s all about,” Carson said.

For more information including the E-Ranks calendar visit the E-Ranks page or SGA page on EKU’s website.